Below is information about the Friends of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Archers, Club Wednesday, Open Circle, St Martin’s Breakfast Group, Changing Attitude, and details about workplace mentoring.
Friends of St Martin-in-the-Fields
The Friends aim to form a link between members of the congregation, those who can no longer participate and visitors attracted by what they find here. There are many reasons why people become members, some have had family connections in the past, some feel drawn to St Martin’s after a visit and want to forge a link with their spiritual home in London, others wish to keep in touch because of the worship and music.
Why not join us and become a Friend? Fill in the membership form and send to: Subscription Secretary, 6 St Martin’s Place, London WC2N 4JJ. A subscription for a year is £15.00 (£20.00 if you live overseas to cover extra mailing charges).
The Archers is a wonderfully diverse group (40-50’s et al) which meets together each month. The evenings begin with the Eucharist followed by a shared meal and this leads into an activity or discussion as we share our faith together. The Eucharist brings a real sense of unity in the group and a deepening of friendships across different parts of the congregation as new people are welcomed and we share our insights and stories. For more information contact James or Janet Allan via the parish office.
On the first Wednesday of each month older members of the congregation meet for lunch after the mid-week 1pm Choral Eucharist. In the middle of a crowded week, the Club is a chance to pause, enjoy the company of others and learn about new interests and enthusiasms.
Open Circle is a relaxed, friendly community of young people (20s, 30s and beyond!) in our congregation. We meet regularly for fun and inexpensive social events at St Martin’s and around London – past events have included a brewery tour, riverside walks, a theatre trip and a pub quiz (amongst other things!). We also enjoy a weekend away together every year in January, which is a great chance to strengthen friendships and explore our relationship with God. Members of Open Circle are involved widely in the worshipping and community life of St Martin’s – keep an eye out for us during coffee after the service on a Sunday morning! We would love to welcome you.
For more information, or to sign up to our email list, please email: StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com.
The St Martin’s Breakfast Group
The St Martin’s breakfast group meets every other Wednesday in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All are welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex or Revd Will Morris via the parish office.
The inclusive welcome of St Martin-in-the-Fields attracts many LGBT Christians to belong. For discussion of the issues which most concern us we join with Changing Attitude (Greater London) for evening meetings in the Crypt (the Desmond Tutu Room or St Martin’s Hall) at 7.00pm up to five times a year. This group for LGBT Christians, their families, friends and supporters, aims to both create support for attenders and opportunities to change attitudes prejudiced against LGBT people within the Anglican Church and beyond.
Recent speakers have included Nicola Slee, Sharon Ferguson, Dilly Baker, James Alison and Andrew Nunn. For further information please contact Revd Clare Herbert at email@example.com who is the London Co-Convener. This group, with National Changing Attitude , works with the LGBT Anglican Coalition to effect change and increase communication among LGBT Christians.
Mentoring and the workplace
The work lives of our congregations are incredibly diverse. Some people are new to the workplace, others have decades of experience. And this is true across a wide range of occupations. Some of these younger people may have doubts, worries or concerns – ethical or practical – about their job that they cannot share with their peers or others at their place of work. Others may feel trapped in their current job, but not know how to find a new one.
If you are interested in being mentored, in offering your experience as a mentor, frustrated in your own job, or interested in helping others consider how to find new jobs, please let Revd Will Morris know, and we will see if it is possible to start to match needs with experience. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org